Enterprise Products Partners L.P. EPD reported third-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings per limited partner unit of 50 cents, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 53 cents. The bottom line also declined from 51 cents in the year-ago quarter.
Revenues declined to $7,964.1 million from $9,585.9 million in the prior-year quarter. The top line also missed the consensus estimate of $8,225 million.
The weak results stemmed from lower processing margins, increased NGL Pipelines & Services’ operating expenses and lower equity NGL production. This was partially offset by higher natural gas transportation volumes and increased production volumes in the propylene business.
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Distributable Cash Flow
Quarterly distribution improved 2.3% year over year to 44.25 cents per common unit or $1.77 per unit on an annualized basis. Adjusted distributable cash flow was $1.6 billion, up 4.7% year over year and provided coverage of 1.7x.
Gross operating income at NGL Pipelines & Services decreased from $1,063.1 million in the year-ago quarter to $1,008.3 million. The downside can be attributed to lower processing margins, increased operating expenses and lower equity NGL production. This was partially offset by a 47% increase in fee-based processing volumes at the Permian Basin plants.
Natural Gas Pipelines and Services’ gross operating income jumped to $258.5 million from $216.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The upside was supported by a record transportation volume of 14.5 trillion British thermal unit of natural gas per day.
Crude Oil Pipelines & Services recorded gross operating income of $496.2 million, falling from $594.2 million in the prior-year quarter, which included higher mark-to-market gains on financial instruments.
Gross operating income at Petrochemical & Refined Products Services amounted to $288.4 million compared with $249.4 million a year ago. The improvement can be primarily attributed to higher gross operating margins and increased production volumes in the propylene business.
During the quarter, the partnership’s capital expenditure was $1,041.3 million.
As of Sep 30, 2019, outstanding total debt principal of the partnership was $28.2 billion. Enterprise Products’ consolidated liquidity amounted to $6.2 billion, which included unrestricted cash on hand of $1.2 billion and available borrowing capacity.
Enterprise Products expects to complete the construction of growth developments worth $2.6 billion through the fourth quarter of 2019.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Currently, Enterprise Products has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players in the energy space are Pembina Pipeline Corp. PBA, Matrix Service Company MTRX and Exterran Corporation EXTN. While Pembina sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Matrix Service and Exterran hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Pembina’s 2019 earnings per share are expected to rise 21.5% year over year.
Matrix Service’s 2019 earnings per share are expected to rise 58.4% year over year.
Exterran’s top line for the current year is expected to rise around 5% year over year.
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